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Royalty rewards to address Barriers to effective uptake and provision of immunization in ECDE centers caregivers in Kiambiu Nairobi slums

Incentives for caregivers to increase immunization and address immunization apathy due to after effects arising issues after immunization

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ICRI Africa/STAMP CLEANTECH intends to intensify a royalty program that builds caregivers levels of understanding and acceptance of routine immunization, address fears and misinformation, and reestablish trust in the routine immunization program

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

In the previous years the Government of Kenya and other stakeholders have intensified immunization for Polio among other diseases. In 2018 there were many adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFIs), including fever, injection site swelling, skin rash, abscesses, convulsions and cough. There was a lack of knowledge regarding the expected AEFIs for the different vaccines. Innovator observed that many caregivers with children in the ECDE developed anti-vaccine sentiments. The response by government agencies and attitude created apathy towards the immunization process. To mitigate this partner innovator and ICRI designed a royalty program to reward parents for vaccinating their children, follow up and documenting the adverse effect of the vaccines. The caregivers were encouraged to name the effects using a language they would understand (local dialect) communally spoken. For each item recorded the caregiver earned 10 points which were redeemable as a discount for school fees in the ECDE supported by ICRI. The royalty card was such a success among the caregivers team wants to expand it to other partner ECDE programs, loop in early childhood service products providers where caregivers will get discounts for diapers, art and play materials. Caregivers were awarded a recognition certificate which lifted their self-esteem, earned respect within the community and team intends to train them as Royalty card champions. The royalty Program is enabling development of I.E.C s that uses easily understood language in form of visuals and documenting the same in a cloud based system. A caregiver traveling anywhere will be only be required to use bio-metrics to enable any health service provider access photos showing child immunization history. The royalty card is being refined to be pendant that is worn as a necklace, or a bungle by the child and the caregiver. Currently ICRI and the innovator are working at using waste paper sludge together with some caregivers to develop this.

Which part(s) of the world does this innovation target?

  • Eastern Africa

Geographic Focus

The idea initially targeted ICRI Karen ECD center but was rolled to target Kiambiu slum (Nairobi) where the small pilot was run.

Stage of Innovation

  • Prototype

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Kiambiu informal settlement (Nairobi). Currently running a community ECDE center through a community CBO which has transformed the community. A family and child play center is in the offing. Keneth Ndua an innovator a social impact specialist who is an award winning innovator in health and renewable energy. Through his Company STAMP Cleantech has been teaching caregivers on design thinking process and currently caregivers developing pendants from waste paper and charcoal briquettes. Technical experts from Ministry of Health (County and national government) serving the target communities. This project will be enhanced through linkage to NHIF. ICRI will subsidize NHIF rebate for parents who scores more points in the royalty program

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

The uniqueness of the royalty program is the community involvement in design work, capturing of the child development , data is captured and responses done using a commonly understood language by each caregiver. Photos enable health service provider have a pictorial view of immunization after effects and health bio data. The royalty card is in form of a necklace pendant that are widely accepted and are locally made from waste paper sludge by the caregivers. It enables caregivers get discounts for services and products in a royalty kiosks. Caregivers earn points becoming community health champions, caregivers get recognition certificates as health champions. Caregivers and children participation in the design process is core.

What is the name of your organization

International Child Resource Institute -Africa and STAMP CLEANTECH LTD

Explain your organization (250 characters)

ICRI operates early childhood education, water, sanitation and health, and nutrition programs in some of the most challenged settlements in Kenya rural and urban informal settlements. Key is a child and Family Park, expansion of our early childhood a

Type of Submitter

  • We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

Organizational Characteristics

  • Female-led organization
  • Women’s health/rights focused organization
  • Indigenous-led organization
  • Youth-led organization

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

The project targets 70% women and children but also involves men who are critical decision makers. Though women and young caregivers are the one who take charge of monitoring and taking children for immunization the need to involve husband in the children welfare in core thus the project has been encouraging men to invest in e-smart kiosks where caregivers can redeem royalty points. They are also being encouraged in joining immunization care groups and 1/3 of leadership position is left to them

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

ICRI Africa is registered in Nairobi Kenya with a local board and local staff. Its also related to ICRI based in California USA

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • 21-100 people

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Scale of organizational work

  • Global (within 2 or more global regions)

Tell us more about you

KEN JAFFE: - FOUNDER & GLOBAL DIRECTOR. Holds a Master’s Degree and a Juris Doctor degree in juvenile justice and children’s rights. He is the author of numerous articles on international early childhood education, child advocacy and family policy issues. He has assisted in the improvement or establishment of family health, programs worldwide. ANN RUBIA: - ICRI KENYA COUNTRY DIRECTOR. Bbeen part of the ICRI team since 2006, first as a volunteer receptionist, later worked as Finance and Program Officer. She holds a Diploma in Community Development and Social Work. Keneth Ndua :- ( SOCIAL Impact Specialist). He is an award winning global innovator in health and social impact and advises ICRI Kenya Country director in strategy and programs. He

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